Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Protest in Malaysia against Myanmar’s violent crackdown

Call for international pressure on Myanmar
Malaysia has been hosting a large number of migrant workers from Myanmar. Last Friday, about 2,000 Myanmar people gathered outside the embassy of Myanmar in Malaysia for a protest against the violent crackdown on peaceful anti-government protests in their homeland.

The protesters were from Aung San Suu Kyi's party, namely the National League for Democracy (NLD), as well as from other Myanmar groups including the umbrella organisation, All Burmese Democratic Force.

A two-day crackdown on mass protests in Yangon has left at least 13 people dead and hundreds behind bars.

These protesters shouted in Burmese and English, "Don't kill our monks," and "Stop crackdown." They also held pictures of Myanmar's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and said “We want democracy!”

The protest is to let the world know that the evil military government in Myanmar has cracked down on monks. According to the demonstrators, they would like the international community as well as the UN to stop that.

March to the embassies of China and Russia
The protestors also marched to the embassy of Myanmar's close ally—China, where the demonstrators delivered a copy of their written statement.

They also stopped at the embassy of Russia; the country previously said the Myanmar crackdown was an “internal matter.”

Demonstrators’ statement
In a statement, the demonstrators said they "strongly condemn the regime's brutal crackdown against peaceful demonstrators and urge upon the military regime to calmly settle the crisis in Myanmar."

In addition, they called for international pressure on the junta, and demanded the military regime release political prisoners and enter into a dialogue.

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